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About Elizabeth Verdick
Elizabeth Verdick loves writing books that root for kids and help them grow. Her work serves young people of all ages, from babies to teens. Her picture books include SMALL WALT, SMALL WALT AND MO THE TOW, BIKE AND TRIKE, PEEP LEAP, and the upcoming SMALL WALT SPOTS DOT. Her "Best Behavior" series features award-winning board books such as the classic TEETH ARE NOT FOR BITING and the more recent WORRIES ARE NOT FOREVER, plus many other titles that guide young children's social-and-emotional development. Her "Toddler Tools" series focuses on daily transitions and routines, including CALM-DOWN TIME and BYE-BYE TIME. Her "Laugh and Learn" series offers helpful advice for kids and teens, but humor as well, with titles such as HOW TO TAKE THE GRRRR OUT OF ANGER and STRESS CAN REALLY GET ON YOUR NERVES. Elizabeth coauthored THE SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS, which has been in print for eight years and is currently being revised and updated for a new generation of young people. She lives in Minnesota with her family and pets. You can learn more about the author by visiting her website: elizabethverdick.com.
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This revised edition addresses children’s exposure to increased societal violence and includes discussion and examples of anger related to texting and social media. Young readers learn that cruelty and violence are not acceptable and there are safer, more positive ways to resolve conflicts. They also discover what to do when people around them are angry, how to get help, and how to locate other resources when they need more support.
For many young children, giving up the pacifier is a major milestone. This book smoothes the way and makes it a positive experience for kids and grown-ups alike.
This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day. Some children with ASDs are gifted; others struggle academically. Some are more introverted, while others try to be social. Some get "stuck" on things, have limited interests, or experience repeated motor movements like flapping or pacing ("stims"). The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders covers all of these areas, with an emphasis on helping children gain new self-understanding and self-acceptance. Meant to be read with a parent, the book addresses questions ("What’s an ASD?" "Why me?") and provides strategies for communicating, making and keeping friends, and succeeding in school. Body and brain basics highlight symptom management, exercise, diet, hygiene, relaxation, sleep, and toileting. Emphasis is placed on helping kids handle intense emotions and behaviors and get support from family and their team of helpers when needed. The book includes stories from real kids, fact boxes, helpful checklists, resources, and a glossary. Sections for parents offer more detailed information.
Even young children can learn that their words affect other people in powerful ways. In child-friendly language and full-color illustrations, this book gently guides them to choose words that are helpful instead of hurtful, and to say “I’m sorry” when hurtful words com out before they can stop them.
The toddler years are full of growth and smiles and sweetness—but also tantrums. With toddlers, yelling, screaming, wailing, and flailing are a normal part of life. Very young children don’t yet have the words to express strong feelings, and they’re still learning social skills. This board book helps little ones understand why it’s better to use an indoor voice—“so people hear the words and not the yelling”—and how to calm down and ask for help so they can get what they need. Also includes tips for parents and caregivers.
The Best Behavior series uses simple words and delightful full-color illustrations to guide children to choose peaceful, positive behaviors. Select titles are available in two versions: a durable board book for ages baby–preschool, and a longer, more in-depth paperback for ages 4–7. Kids, parents, and teachers love these award-winning books. All include helpful tips and ideas for parents and caregivers.
In simple words and full-color illustrations, this book helps little ones learn to use their feet for fun, not in anger or frustration. It also includes tips for parents and caregivers on how to help toddlers be sweet with their feet.
Manners start with a smile—then you add the words. There are polite words to use when you greet someone, ask for something, or (oops!) make a mistake. There’s even a nice way to say no. This book give toddlers a head start on manners, setting the stage for social skills that will last a lifetime.
Mealtime—“Yummy-in-the-tummy time”—is an opportunity to teach young children two major life skills: nutrition and table manners. Simple but important mealtime routines come to life as the toddlers in this book remember to wash their hands, use a napkin and fork or spoon, stay at the table, and eat healthy foods. Toddlers also learn the one big rule for mealtime: Always try one bite (“You just might like it!”). Parents and caregivers want toddlers to develop healthy eating habits and positive mealtime routines. This book helps them do so with Verdick’s keen ability to speak directly to little ones and Heinlen’s delightful, appealing illustrations. Part of the award-winning Toddler Tools series.
This upbeat, colorful, virtually indestructible book helps prevent biting and teaches positive alternatives. Includes helpful tips for parents and caregivers.
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“A sure bet for read-aloud fun.” —Booklist
Toy Story meets Cars in this sweet and relatable story that explores universal themes of friendship and growing up.
Look out, world! There’s a shiny, new Bike in town. But what does this mean for rusty, old Trike?
Trike is a rusty little fellow, a trusty little fellow, on three worn-down wheels. Now that Lulu has outgrown him, he’s lonely in the garage. But then a newcomer shows up. He’s shiny and big and has FOUR wheels. It’s BIKE! Gulp. Trike worries that Bike won’t know how to take care of Lulu. Bike won’t listen, and challenges Trike to a race. It’s ON!
Who will win?